The Beach Reporter - The Proud Bird spreads its wings again after renovations


"The Proud Bird restaurant, which is adjacent to LAX, almost served its last customer in 2013, until the community “raised their hands and said, 'We need to save this place,'” said owner John D. Tallichet, president and CEO of Specialty Restaurants Corp., whose parents opened the iconic eatery in 1967.

“My dad was passionate because of being a World War II pilot. Our family was passionate about aviation, but we really felt that the restaurant had served its time like many restaurants do. We weren't really sure how it was going to fit in in the future … A lot of people would say, 'John I love the Proud Bird, but it looks kind of old and tired," Tallichet said.

When the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded Specialty Restaurants a 20-year lease in January 2015, it gave them an opportunity to reinvest. Originally $6 to 7 million was to be invested in renovating the Proud Bird, but that soon ballooned to more than $12 million before they officially opened its doors this month.

“The number keeps going up … Over time there were so many things that we discovered that needed to be fixed or upgraded that took a lot of investment,” Tallichet said.

But now the 50-year old Proud Bird has been re-hatched as a modern interactive museum and Food Bazaar. It features eating stations as well as the Mile High Club Bar and Lounge. The 50,000 square foot space features floor-to-ceiling windows allowing panoramic views of the LAX runways while enjoying lunch, dinner or weekend brunch."

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